Reclaiming Futures Cook County

About Us

Chicago is the birthplace of the juvenile justice system in the U.S. It is one of the largest cities and juvenile justice systems where the Reclaiming Futures model has been applied. First implemented in the economically distressed, largely African American neighborhood of Lawndale, Reclaiming Futures was then expanded to three additional inner-city neighborhoods.

Reclaiming Futures Cook County strengthened the quality of alcohol and drug treatment services for youth in the justice system by doing the following:

  • Provided better access to drug treatment services for these young people and their families
  • Established coordinated care plans
  • Strengthened ties with our partners by instituting common screening and assessment instruments, providing cross trainings, and sharing information
  • Worked with the Department of Substance Abuse Services (DASA) and the Administrative Offices of the Illinois Court

Our Core Partners

  • Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Jumpstart – Truancy Reduction Program
  • Street Dreams Employment
  • Readiness & Placement Program
  • Westside Association for Community Action
  • Youth Advisory Council
  • Youth Outreach Services

Funding Sources

Reclaiming Futures Cook County was one of 10 founding sites funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation between 2002 and 2007.